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Friday, August 21, 2015

Looking for Something To Do? Free Events Aug. 22 to 28


Here are events scheduled Saturday, Aug. 22, to Friday, Aug. 28.
All events are free, so take a look -- and don't you dare say there's nothing to do in Pasadena! 

Jazz singer Julia Keefe will pay tribute to Mildred Bailey, the first female singer to perform with a Big Band orchestra in the 1920s, Saturday, Aug. 22, at 2 p.m. at Allendale Branch Library.


Rose's Pawn Shop will perform Appalachian and Americana music Saturday, Aug. 22, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado.  

Vieux Farka TourĂ© will perform African blues rock Saturday, Aug. 22, at 8 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. A pre-concert festival will begin at 6:30 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and a picnic or purchase dinner at the park.  

The Playhouse District Summer Jazz Series presents Jasmine Tommaso Sunday, Aug. 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Vroman's courtyard.


The Gonzalo Bergara Quartet will perform gypsy jazz Sunday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. A pre-concert festival will begin at 5:30 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and a picnic or purchase dinner at the park.

Alan Chapman's Movie Music Magic will feature memorable melodies from the silver screen performed by a dynamic ensemble Tuesday, Aug. 25, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the band shell at Memorial Park. Sponsored by the Pasadena Senior Center, all ages are welcome. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and a picnic or purchase dinner at the park.

Black Beauty (1994, G) starring Sean Bean and David Thewlis will be shown on the big screen Wednesday, Aug. 26, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. Like Anna Sewald's beloved novel, this film adaptation is written in the point of view of the horse.

Thursday, Aug. 27, at 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. is your final opportunity this year to tour the Wrigley Mansion before it closes to the public to get busy with 2016 New Year's Day events. Owned by the City of Pasadena, the former Wrigley Estate is home to the Tournament of Roses Association. A docent will lead you through the 18,500-square-foot Italian Renaissance mansion built in 1906. In addition to 21 magnificent rooms, you'll see displays related to Rose Bowl Games, Rose Queens and their Courts and plenty of historic memorabilia from football trophies to tiaras. Then visit the adjacent Wrigley Gardens with 1,500 varieties of roses. 


Singer-songwriter Carla Bonoff will perform Friday, Aug. 28, at 8 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. A pre-concert festival will begin at 6:30 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and a picnic or purchase dinner at the park.


Photo credits: RPM, Virginia City News, France in Ethiopia, Chermo, D.Ben's Guide to the Galaxy, Kinoclub, Tournament of Roses, Madolino.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Looking for Something To Do? Free Events Aug. 15 to 21


Here are events scheduled Saturday, Aug. 15, to Friday, Aug. 21.

All events are free, so take a look -- and don't you dare say there's nothing to do in Pasadena!

The Sri Lanka Day festival Saturday, Aug. 15, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Paseo Colorado will feature native food, music, dances, costumes and much more.

Celebrate the 55th anniversary of the Pasadena Senior Center Saturday, Aug. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with live music, food, dance performances, an art show, fun photo booth, KidsZone, billiards tournament and much more. All ages are welcome.

Nia Andrews will perform R&B and soul Saturday, Aug. 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado

Jimmy LaFave will perform his unique Red Dirt folk music Saturday, Aug. 15, at 8 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. A pre-concert festival will begin at 6:30 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and a picnic or purchase dinner at the park.

The Playhouse District's Summer Jazz Series presents Little Brazil Sunday, Aug. 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Vroman's courtyard.   

The Lin Rountree Quartet will perform jazz Sunday, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. A pre-concert festival will begin at 5:30 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and a picnic or purchase dinner at the park.

Grammy Award-winning Lisa Haley and the Zydekats will perform lively Cajun Zydeco music Tuesday, Aug. 18, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the band shell at Memorial Park. Sponsored by the Pasadena Senior Center, all ages are welcome. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and a picnic or purchase dinner at the park.

Treasure Island (1950, PG) starring Robert Newton and Bobby Driscoll will be shown on the big screen Wednesday, Aug. 19, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. Young Jim Hawkins is caught up with the pirate Long John Silver in search of the buried treasure of  buccaneer Captain Flint in this adaptation of the classic novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. 



The third Thursday (and first Friday) of every month is Free Admission Day at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. On Thursday, Aug. 20, from 5 to 8 p.m. enjoy the current exhibitions and everything else the museum has to offer.  

Open Hands will perform jazz Thursday, Aug. 20,, at 8 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. A pre-concert festival will begin at 6:30 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and a picnic or purchase dinner at the park.  

Noah (2014, PG-13) starring Russell Crowe and Emma Watson will be shown on the big screen Friday, Aug. 21, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. A man is chosen by God to undertake a momentous mission before an apocalyptic flood cleanses the Earth. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend.

Movies in the Park presents Big Hero 6 (2014, PG) with the voice talents of Ryan Potter and Scott Adsit Friday, Aug. 21, at 8 p.m. at Villa-Parke. An inflatable robot and his prodigy team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.

Natalia Clavier and Elsten Torres will perform Latin music Friday, Aug. 21, at 8 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. A pre-concert festival will begin at 6:30 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and a picnic or purchase dinner at the park. 




Photo credits: Sri Lanka Foundation, 123RF, Poping Cherry, Paul Goode, Little Brazil, Chillout Productions, Lisa Haley, Walt Disney Productions, Edyta Linek, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Open Hands, Paramount Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures, Natalia Clavier.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Looking for Something To Do? Free Events Aug. 8 to 14


Here are events scheduled Saturday, Aug. 8, to Friday, Aug. 14.

All events are free, so take a look -- and don't you dare say there's nothing to do in Pasadena! 

California Assemblyman (and former Pasadena City Councilman) Chris Holden's annual block party on his street Saturday, Aug. 8, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. will feature live music, children's arts and crafts, free school backpacks while supplies last, classic car show, Ballet Folklorico, video game trucks, puppet show, free hot dogs and lemonade, community resource tables and much more.  

Gary Lewis and the Playboys will perform all their iconic hits from the '60s and beyond Saturday, Aug. 8, at 8 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. A pre-concert festival will begin at 6:30 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket and a picnic or purchase dinner at the park. 


Mia Doi Todd will perform a program of Brazilian-inspired avant folk music Saturday, Aug. 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado.


Movies in the Park presents Flight of the Navigator (1986, PG) starring Joey Cramer and Veronica Cartwright Saturday Aug. 8, at 7:45 p.m. at Washington Park. A boy has an adventure with the alien spacecraft that has transported him eight years into the future. 


The second Sunday of every month is Free Admission Day at the USC Pacific Asia Museum. On Sunday, Aug. 9, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. enjoy the Pacific Islands Festival including the exhibition The Art of Pacific Asia in the Orientation Gallery all day, art activities from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., special tours at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., a performance by the Aloha Time Machine at 2 p.m. and more.


Join the L.A.based collective Fallen Fruit in the courtyard at One Colorado Sunday, Aug. 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for communal jam-making. Bring homegrown or picked public fruit.

The Playhouse District's Summer Jazz Series presents the Scott Martin Band Sunday, Aug. 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Vroman's courtyard.  


Laith Al-Saadi featuring Jimmy Vivino will perform rock and blues Sunday, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. A pre-concert festival will begin at 5:30 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket and a picnic or purchase dinner at the park.

  • Activities for Pasadena Public Library's Read to the Rhythm summer reading program include the following (and much more):
    • For children: Ages 8+ will learn about the science behind inventions that let us record and replay great music Monday, Aug. 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Children's Story Room at Central Library, then make your own phonograph for playing records. Call 626-744-4066, option 4, to sign up. 
    • For teens: Come for a low-tech game night Monday, Aug. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Central Library's Studio on 4th where there will be snacks and board games including Castle Panic, Forbidden Island, Yahtzee, Risk, Ticket to Ride and more.
    • Download the summer newsletter for the full schedule. 


INCA the Peruvian Ensemble will perform a colorful array of music and dance from the Andes region using authentic instruments Tuesday, Aug. 11, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the bandshell  at Memorial Park. Sponsored by the Pasadena Senior Center, all ages are welcome. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket and a picnic or purchase dinner at the park.



Pete's Dragon (1977, G) starring Mickey Rooney and Helen Reddy will be shown on the big screen Wednesday, Aug. 12, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. A young orphan flees his abusive foster family and befriends a magical dragon while his family is in hot pursuit.

Mariachi Divas will perform Thursday, Aug. 13, at 8 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. A pre-concert festival will begin at 6:30 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket and a picnic or purchase dinner at the park.  

The Dirty Dozen (1967, NR) starring Lee Marvin and Ernest Borgnine will be shown on the big screen Friday, Aug. 14, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. A U.S. Army major is assigned a dozen convicts to train and lead them into a mass assassination mission of German officers during World War II.

The California Feetwarmers will perform jazz and ragtime Friday, Aug. 14, at 8 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. A pre-concert festival will begin at 6:30 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket and a picnic or purchase dinner at the park.


Movies in the Park presents McFarland, USA (2015, PG) starring Kevin Costner and Ramiro Rodriguez Friday, Aug. 14, at 8 p.m. at Villa-Parke. A cross country coach in a small California town transforms a team of athletes into championship contenders.

 

Photo credits: Downtown Pasadena Neighborhood Association, Ann Erdman, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, mxdwn.com, Signal Hill Tribune, Fallen Fruit, Scott Martin Band, Laith Al-Saadi, Edyta Linek, Cinema Blend, Mariachi Divas, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, California Feetwarmers, i09.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Looking for Something To Do? Free Events Aug. 1 to 7


Here are events scheduled Saturday, Aug. 1, to Friday, Aug. 7.

All events are free, so take a look -- and don't you dare say there's nothing to do in Pasadena!

Shane Alexander and the Great Favorites will perform folk, pop and psychedelia Saturday, Aug. 1, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the courtyard at One Colorado.

Vaud & the Villains will perform a New Orleans music and cabaret show Saturday, Aug. 1, at 8 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. A pre-concert festival will begin at 6:30 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket and a picnic or purchase dinner at the park. 


The Old Pasadena Film Festival closes with Barbarella (1968, PG) starring Jane Fonda and John Phillip Law Saturday, Aug. 1, at 8:30 p.m. at Central Park. Far in the future, a voluptuous woman must find and stop an evil scientist while encountering unusual situations. Come as early as 7 p.m. for DJ music and food trucks, or bring a picnic.

The California Art Club and La Casita Foundation will celebrate the beauty of the Arroyo Seco with a plein air art exhibition Sunday, Aug. 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at La Casita del Arroyo.  

The Playhouse District's Summer Jazz Series presents DAV Sunday, Aug. 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Vroman's courtyard.

Chiele Minucci & Special EFX will perform jazz Sunday, Aug. 2, at 8 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. A pre-concert festival will begin at 6:30 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket and a picnic or purchase dinner at the park. 

Activities for Pasadena Public Library's Read to the Rhythm summer reading program include the following (and much more): 
  • For children: Sing along, clap and celebrate at Craig Newton's Really Big Music Show Monday, Aug. 3, at 10:30 a.m. at San Rafael Branch Library, 1 p.m. at Lamanda Park Branch Library and 3 p.m. at Hill Avenue Branch LibraryTuesday, Aug. 4, at 10:30 a.m. at Linda Vista Branch Library and 1 p.m. at La Pintoresca Branch Library; Wednesday, Aug. 5, at 10:30 a.m. at Villa Parke Branch Library and 1 p.m. at Allendale Branch Library; and Thursday, Aug. 6, at 10:30 a.m. at Santa Catalina Branch Library and 1 p.m. at Hastings Branch Library.
  • For teens: Make your own no-sew blanket Tuesday, Aug. 4, at 3:30 p.m. at Santa Catalina Branch Library to keep you or a loved one warm and cozy this winter, or donate it to charity. All materials will be provided. Sewing skills are not required.
  • Download the summer newsletter for the full schedule. 

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    Billy and the Hillbillies will perform bluegrass music and comedy Tuesday, Aug. 4, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the band shell at Memorial Park. Sponsored by the Pasadena Senior Center, all ages are welcome. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket and a picnic or purchase dinner at the park.

    Movies in the Park presents Sixteen Candles (1984, PG) starring Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall Tuesday, Aug. 4, at 8 p.m. at La Pintoresca Park. A girl's sweet sixteen birthday becomes anything but special as she suffers from every embarrassment possible. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket and a picnic.

      Fantasia 2000 (1999, G) starring Steve Martin and Itzhak Perlman will be shown on the big screen Wednesday, Aug. 5, at 1 p.m. in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Central Library. This update to the original film features new interpretations of great works of classical music.

      The Block9 summer program for the entire community presents Bike-In Movie & Repair Thursday, Aug. 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Day One headquarters featuring free bike repairs by volunteers from BikeSGV and mechanics from Performance Bikes Pasadena, giveaways, snacks and more. RSVP here.

      Lythgoe Family Productions will perform for children (and everyone) Thursday, Aug. 6, at 7 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. A pre-concert festival will begin at 5:30 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket and a picnic or purchase dinner in the park.

    Admission to the Pasadena Museum of California Art is free the first Friday (and third Thursday) of every month. On Friday, Aug. 7, from noon to 5 p.m. see the current exhibitions Someday Is Now: The Art of Corita Kent; Alexandra Grant and Steve Roden: These Carnations Defy Language; and everything else the museum has to offer.

      Timbuktu (2015, PG-13) starring Ibrahim Ahmed aka Pino and Layla Walet Mohamed will be shown on the big screen Friday, Aug. 7, at 1 p.m. in the Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior Center. A cattle herder and his family living happily in the dunes of Timbuktu find their quiet lives abruptly disturbed by Jihadists determined to control their faith. In Tasmasheq, Bambara, Arabic and French with English subtitles. You do not have to be a member of the Pasadena Senior Center to attend.

    The first Friday of every month from 5 to 8 p.m. is free admission night at the Norton Simon Museum. On Friday, Aug.  7, enjoy the current exhibitions Human/Nature: Photographers Constructing the Natural World, Fragonard's Enterprise: The Artist and the Literature of Travel, A Revolution of the Palette: The First Synthetic Blues and Their Impact on French Artists plus everything else the museum has to offer.

      The Block9 summer program for the entire community presents Pachanga Pasadena Friday, Aug. 7, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Day One headquarters featuring a night of friends, family, traditional Mexican Banda music and more. RSVP here.

      Movies in the Park presents Muppets Most Wanted (2014, PG) starring Ricky Gervaise and Tina Fey Friday, Aug. 7, at 8 p.m. at Grant Park. While on a grand world tour, The Muppets find themselves caught up in a European jewel heist caper headed by a Kermit the Frog look-alike and his dastardly sidekick. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket and a picnic.

      Brightside will perform folk, rock and reggae Friday, Aug. 7, at 8 p.m. at the Levitt Pavilion. A pre-concert festival will begin at 6:30 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket and a picnic or purchase dinner at the park.

      Photo credits: rtvrijinmond, Jessica Verma, Games Radar, Karen Winters, ColoradoBoulevard.net, Chieli Minucci, Flick River, IMDB, Walt Disney Pictures, Mountain Bike Geezer, Lythgoe Family Productions, Lakako, Abderrahmane Sissako, The Norton Simon Foundation, World Music, Hollywood Reporter, Brightside